AUGUST 26 2013
NOVA – Interview with Zahi Hawass

Archaeological discoveries dispell the falsely “enforced labor” – “slave” version of the building of the Great Pyramid at Giza.

“We have unearthed another of 65 tombs, the best being that of the priest Kai, which is dated to the reign of Khufu. It is a beautiful painted tomb with a unique artistic style. One relief shows Kai’s daugher affectionately putting her arm around his shoulder. At the entrance tothe tomb it says that it is the tombmakers and craftsmen who made his tomb. He says, ‘I paid them beer and bread. I made them to make an oath that they were satisfied.’

” … In excavations at Abusir, I discovered two important scenes in blocks. One scene shows the king and his workmen dragging a capstone; other scenes depict people dancing and singing. My interpretation is that when the kiing finished building the Pyramid, he had his workmen place a capstone sheathed in gold on top.

“Then everyone danced and sang–one million individuals celebrating–because the Pyramid was a national project. Every household in every village, in the north and south, participated in building it. (If you thought today of building a pyramid, you’d never do it, because you don’t have what drove the Egyptians.

“Pyramids were built in Egypt, because the ancient Egyptians made technology for the afterlife, while we make technology for our life today.”

“New Tombs of the Pyramid Builders Found”

Mark Lehner, then a research associate at the Harvard Semitic Museum and visiting assistant professor at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, and leading expert on the Giza pyramids, in Secrets of Lost Empires: Reconstructing the Glories of Ages Past (Sterling Publishing Co., Inc: New York), 1997, in the Section: “The Pyramid,” indicated:

“About 4700 years ago the Ancient Egyptians began to build the world’s first skyscrapers: the pyramid tombs of their Pharaohs. More than mortal kings, each ruler was seen as an incarnation of the god Horus, whose symbol thefalcon soared above all living creatures. So the pyramids stood, like medieval cathedrals, at the centre of the society and economy of their time.

” … The Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops as he was known to the Greeks) remained the biggest building in the world until the early twentieth century A.D. … Ancient Egyptian civilization lasted from … until the deathof Cleopatra VII in 30 B.C., after which Egypt became a province of the Roman Empire. … The Egyptians made the largest stone pyramids in the Old Kingdom. They continued to build pyramids … in the Middle Kingdom. The New Kingdom is the age of empire when Pharaohs such as Tutankhamen and Ramses II the Great made their tombs in the Valley of the Kings.


About Harold L Carter

Bachelor of Science, Columbia University Masters degree, Ohio State University Undergraduate National Officer, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Eastern Asst Vice President, when a student at Columbia University Profile Photograph: Mom & Me, when I was a graduate student
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